When I was a little girl, my parents had a strict bedtime for me. When that time came around, it was lights out, no excuses. Luckily for me, I had a secret weapon at my disposal: my portable book lamp. Diving under the covers, I would read into the wee hours of the night — usually around 9:30 or so — hardly ever running down my 50,000-hours of use travel lamp. Today, so many years late, my portable book light is still one of my favorite accessories, and its uses have grown many-fold.
Portable book lights are great for the obvious: whether it’s shared hotel room, train, plane, bus, or car travel (provided you’re not the driver), these little lights will enable many hours of nighttime reading without disturbing your fellow passengers. In addition, though, these multi-purpose tools can be used as small flashlights, laptop lights, or even to help you fit a strange key into an unknown keyhole.
There are so many book lights on the market today, but if you’re just buying your first, I’d recommend an inexpensive, tiny version. This kind is generally small enough to fit in your pocket and has an impossibly-long battery life: you can get this version for just $5.